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White Sweet Clover July 27, 2010

Posted by Wapello Warbler in Birds, Wild Flowers.
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White Sweet Clover, melilotus alba, doesn’t look at all like the clover in your lawn. Individual plants can grow to eight feet tall. A height of four feet is more common in meadows and along our roadways where it blooms from May to October. Here a Song Sparrow helps me show you what it looks like.

White Sweet Clover

White Sweet Clover was introduced from Europe as forage for farm animals. It’s a member of the pea family and fixes nitrogen in the soil. It’s also popular with bee keepers. Yellow Sweet Clover is less common, but also grows in Louisa County.

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